Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez injured his back during a scrimmage Wednesday and did not participate in the latter parts of practice.
“Rudy was in a scrimmage, went up, blocked a shot — unbelievable block — and came down, and he had a hard fall that took him out of practice,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.
Several people who saw the play — which happened before the media were allowed in — raved about Fernandez’s block, which reportedly came on rookie Armon Johnson. They said the fall was loud enough that the thump could be heard throughout the practice facility’s four courts.
On the first day of training camp, Glen Davis sounded concerned about his playing time. “I’ve got to find out what my role is,” he said yesterday.
“No matter what I do, I can play great, it’s still not enough,” said Davis. “I’m just here to help the team wherever possible, any way I can. Whenever I find my role, I’ll do it to the max, the only way I can.”
Coach Doc Rivers shed some light on Davis’s situation.
“I’m not even worried about Glen Davis,” he said. “I think he’s living up to his name [Baby]. I didn’t even hear it. Someone just told me. I’m not that concerned.”
“Let me put it like this: If Baby doesn’t know his role by now, he’s going to be sitting down a lot,” said Rivers. “I’ll just leave it that simple.”
Chris Paul has sent word to Carmelo Anthony that their most realistic opportunity to play together will be for the Hornets, according to a source.
New GM Dell Demps has been incredibly active in pursuing trade scenarios, according to multiple sources.
The proposed deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey is dead, but he Toronto Raptors are still trying to land Charlotte forward Boris Diaw, one of the key players in the proposed four-team trade.
The Raptors thought they had finalized a deal for Diaw over the summer, but Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reportedly nixed it at the 11th hour.
If Diaw ends up going to Toronto, that means the Nets would have to find another team in a revised multi-team deal for Anthony. The Raptors are strictly opposed to helping the Nets land an elite player such as Anthony.
Rashard Lewis still thinks about the Eastern Conference final. He played poorly and, even worse, the Orlando Magic fell to the Boston Celtics in six games.
But maybe — just maybe — a position change could have made all the difference. Orlando might have benefited from shifting Lewis from his regular position at power forward to his more natural position, small forward.
Moving the 6-foot-10 Lewis to small forward would have given the Magic more size on the court and might have created matchup problems for the Celtics. “Probably we would’ve been better off if I did play the ’3′ in the Boston series,” Lewis said.
The Carmelo Anthony saga moved to the next phase Tuesday, with the Nets trying to provide more cap relief to the Nuggets by finding a new home for Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith, according to sources.
Martin, whose $16.5 million expiring contract would be a valuable asset at the trade deadline.
Smith, who has a $6.8 million expiring deal and controversy wherever he goes, could be the final pieces that eventually compel the Nuggets to sign off on a divorce with Anthony.
Orlando Magic guard Jason Williams will undergo arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his left knee, General Manager Otis Smith announced.
Williams is expected to miss approximately four weeks of action.
Williams played in all 82 games last season for the Magic, averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 assists per game.